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Vale Park (ATT 5,867) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Port Vale Port Vale vs Cheltenham Town Cheltenham

Port Vale 3

T Pope (19, 58, 74)

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K Mohamed (47)
P Benson (54)

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Last Updated: 28/03/13 4:04pm

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Doug Loft: Back for Valiants

Doug Loft: Back for Valiants

Team news for Friday's League Two clash between Port Vale and Cheltenham at Vale Park.

Captain Doug Loft will come back into the Port Vale squad following his return from suspension.

Loft has missed the last three matches and could replace Chris Birchall in the starting XI following his exertions while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager Micky Adams will also be boosted by the return of full-backs Richard Duffy and Dan Jones and experienced centre-half Darren Purse as he looks to get the Valiants back on track at Vale Park, where they have lost three times during a four-game winless run.

Right-back Duffy comes back into the reckoning after a virus and left-back Jones is fit again following a knee injury.

Purse would have missed last Saturday's postponed home game against Aldershot with a calf strain but the 36-year-old has resumed training and is back in contention after a two-match absence.

Midfielder Sam Morsy will complete a suspension while winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with the ankle injury he suffered against Bristol Rovers on March 12 but the problem is not as bad as initially feared and he is expected to return before the end of the season.

Cheltenham are sweating on the fitness of winger Kaid Mohamed and captain Russ Penn for the trip to Vale Park.

The duo, who both have knee injuries, are doubts for the clash with fellow promotion-hopefuls Port Vale. Jason Taylor replaced Penn with 23 minutes remaining of the 0-0 draw with Barnet and he could get the nod if the skipper fails a fitness test.

Manager Mark Yates will have new signing Jack Deaman available. The 19-year-old centre-back has joined on loan from Birmingham until the end of the season and trained with his new team mates on Thursday.

Fellow defender Michael Hector extended his stint with Cheltenham from Reading and is set to continue at centre-back.

The Robins visit second-placed Vale before hosting another of their rivals for a top-three place Northampton on Monday.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39